written in the darkest moment of the year… (Midwinter 21.12)


Nationalism is no solution or escape
from the established fact of globalism.
The planet is an entity and as a whole
confined to its own limitation –
only out into the universe there are still possibilities
of limitless expansion, both of intellect and spirituality.
Politics is suicidal in its character and doomed –
there is no future, only failure and adversity therein
as no political ambitious aspirations can succeed.
It's only for dissolving, wars and nuclear weapons first,
and then the economical monopolies and empires
which are only detrimental and destructive to humanity.
When all that sickly mundane business has been done with,
then at last there would be opportunities
for peaceful intellectual expansion and philosophy,
for learning, magic, metaphysics and for wisdom;
and when that utopia has been reached
there might at last be time and hope
for humankind for some maturity.

Poetry by Laila Roth The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2016-12-21 at 13:11

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Even the most political of poems (Auden's "September 1, 1939" for example) usually contains some concrete image ("I sit in one of the dives/On Fifty-Second Street"), something to make the abstract idea more vivid. I respect your passion and commend your sincerity, and urge you to consider making your poems even more vivid --- perhaps with the introduction of some metaphor, image, or anecdote that illustrates the larger point.

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
I do agree that there is no place for Nationalism in a peaceful, intelligent world. We are all of one planet and right now we are in big trouble with that planet. It would be a good time to unite as citizens of Earth and try to save it, or we'll have no Nations to worry about. These are indeed dark moments for humanity.

But do remember, Plato said that in a perfect world poets wouldn't exist

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
I agree, but half the world thinks nationalism trumps globalism, so to speak.

In the meantime, one makes their corner of the world, even if it's only a bedroom, their utopia, because the other will be a long time coming.

This is a timely poem, always will be I'm afraid.